Standard (tent/RV)
Tent Cabin
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About Manatee Springs State Park
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Manatee Springs State Park is located in Florida
29.496 N
-82.966 W
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28 Reviews of Manatee Springs State Park
My favorite local campground

I’ve stayed here a few times. Close to bike trail. Hiking trails clearly marked. Sites and restrooms clean and well maintained. Sites are shady and nice size.

Love the wildlife

State park off the beaten path. Rv sites can be tight, lots of tent sites. Springs area is small but cave divers are always there. Make sure you check for ticks.

A Quiet Northern Feel

Step into a world of deer, manatee, and unknown river surprises at Manatee Springs State Park. The campground here is placed delicately in the FL scrub and is surrounded by short hiking trails that pass by major sinkholes. Swimming in the headspring is eye-opening. The cave entrance is mesmerizing. There is a larger cave entrance near the main swimming area, however some eutrophication seems to have taken over the surface currently. #Savethesprings

Wonderful camp ground

Been here twice and loved the camp lay out. Sites have a little gap between them for the most part. Facilities are very nice and large. The spring area is built up nicely with easy access. Would suggest this based on location and accommodations nearby if you need any forgotten items.

beautiful water, secluded campsites

A great place to kayak! You will be able to see a lot of manatees if you are lucky. The showers are large. The campsites are good and shaded. It is slightly tight in some spots if you have a large camper or RV. But overall very relaxing campground with beautiful springs.

Great Camping and Kayaking

Great Camping with well maintained sites. Lots of animals like deer, raccoon, armadillos, alligators and manatees. Definitely snakes but that's everywhere. Sites vary in sizes but pricing is very decent. They have renovated bathrooms and showers. They have kayak rentals and the springs are great for swimming, snorkelling and diving. They also have a boat dock that can offer tours of the river. During winter months you can see plenty of Manatee and even kayak in the water with them. Highly recommended you try kayaking at least one. There are also walking trails and most of them are good for mountain bikes. Overall it's a great state park with many things to do. Great to go with a group of campers to enjoy fires at night and the springs during the day.

Off the beaten path

Nice campground close to the spring. Good hiking trails. Biking is iffy because of the loose sand, but doable. Just be ready for that fast stop in loose sand.
I believe they built a new bathhouse recently.
Be sure to have all your supplies as the closest town is a bit of a drive. Cell service was marginal.
The snack bar at the spring, when we were there, was an awesome bbq.
There’s a nice boardwalk along the spring run. We were there when there were no manatees so swimming was nice, but cool. Always 72°

Choose campsite wisely

We came during the week in the summer and the campgrounds were peaceful. There were lots of deer roaming the camps but I think that was due to the fact that people were feeding them which is disturbing. Our campsite (#11) was a dirt site which was not good when it rained (and it did). They have some gravel sites and a few concrete sites available as well. The hookups for the sites are not very well thought out. The hookup for the sewage was well far forward of any traditional RV or trailer’s setup. In addition, our site required us to dump UP HILL!! Gravity said otherwise. Would I stay again? Probably, but I would be more particular about which site I chose. Manatee Springs itself has great swimming in a small area and is a good spot for kayaking in the Suwannee River. The map they give you at the Ranger station is not to scale, everything is much closer together than it appears. A con is that we had no cell service in the campground. There was WiFi provided at the concession stand at the Springs but it was poor. Additionally, there is only one dumpster for the campgrounds at it is at the RV dump station which is a bit of a walk if you don’t have a car with you.

Weekend gateway

Very nice, cute and clean place !

Beautiful springs

This place has gorgeous springs. You can only swim if the manatees are gone. People were also scuba diving underneath us while we swam. The water is always 72 degrees year round. We also rented a canoe and paddled out to the river but the current was pretty strong. We paddled back and approached the swimming area and saw a little gator, almost ran it over.

They have a nice store next to the springs and they sell food too.

The site hosts were very helpful and very nice.

The deer will walk right up to you because they have no fear of people.